Monday, December 3, 2012

Flares, Rays, Sparkle and Bokeh

When we first moved to Maine I warned our children that in November and December they will have only three hours of daylight if they sleep until noon. The difference from Connecticut was dramatic and more than a little overwhelming. I can't say I have ever gotten used to our short days, but I am resigned!

I am posting the following images to banish the dark! Here is a collection of flares, rays, sparkle and that curious term, bokeh, of Japanese origin.

Mere Point sunset

Light flare, taken late afternoon at Mere Point, 25 June, 2009.

Blueberries in my Wine 03

A wine glass catches the light as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon over Maquoit Bay in front of our cottage, 29 August, 2011.

One of those moments...

Light rays break through heavy clouds in an image titled One of those Moments, 18 June, 2011.

Just Before Sunset

Just Before Sunset rays streaming over the cottage bank at the water's edge, 18 July, 2010.

sunrise in our woods

Flickr friend, Karen Mallonee, captured the purity of morning light at her beloved Minnetoska in the western Maryland mountains, 27 June, 2009. Image posted with the kind permission of Karma/(Karen) on Flickr.

Shore Birds

Tiny shore birds skitter through eel grass and seaweed on the sparkling shore of a small Maine island, 31 August, 2011.

Storm on the Way 01

Maquoit Bay yields a gift of sparkling silver just before an approaching storm, 12 August, 2012.

Lupine in Low Afternoon Sun 03

And finally bokeh in a macro shot of late spring lupine, 28 May, 2012.

Face to the Sun

A splash of color from hibiscus in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, 31 January, 2012.

The Day After Christmas 05

Winter reveals its subtle beauty in icy bokeh, 26 December, 2011.

Photos are always better if you click on the images to view them in a larger size. There will be more light too!


  1. Great shots, all of them. My personal fave is the the one titled One of those Moments. Love how the sky cracks open and let the rays shine on the shore.
    The boats too, did a lot to the composition.

    1. de engineur ~ Thank you! I appreciate your thoughts on the photos very much!


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